https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ItsDanielThough

(Kurmancî) Kurdish

I'd like to start up a (Kurmancî) Kurdish course on here. I'm new to Duolingo, so I don't know how things work here. Who else on here knows Kurmancî Kurdish, especially someone with experience working on the incubator? Also, should we start with lessons geared at Turkish speakers or English speakers?

Don't let me down, hevalno, if they're going to have ESPERANTO on here, we better get Kurdish up.

July 8, 2015

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ItsDanielThough

Bringing up the issue of whether it should be aimed at Turkish or English speakers, we shouldn't forget that there are a few million Kurmancî Kurds who are losing their own language but speak fluent Turkish, so a Kurdish course would help them reclaim their own language without their having to learn fluent English first.

July 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VWieVendetta

I have a hunch that a course for Turkish speakers is more likely to be accepted first, seeing as English is really the 'big' one. And duolingo seems to be paying a lot of attention to pairing non-English languages right now, it could end up similarly to like catalan for Spanish speakers (in that the first course developed isn't English, but the languages/regions have overlap,if that makes sense)

July 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ItsDanielThough

Thanks so much for this comment, I didn't realise there was already a "Catalan for Spanish speakers" project. This makes me very optimistic.

July 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Tintin_73

The choice is about who your target audience is. If your team seeks to bolster fluency in Kurdish among the Kurdish people in Turkey then Turkish should come first. If your target audience is western and you want to promote the diffusion of Kurdish learning and curiosity about the Kurdish People abroad then English would make sense. Just out of curiosity, what is the dialect of Kurdish spoken in Syria?

July 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ItsDanielThough

Kurmancî is spoken in Syria, such that that country still exists and hasn't been divided into several different countries by the war.

July 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/bknckn

I agree about the two audiences, and I think teaching Turkish speakers is a much better service to the Kurdish language and people

July 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/seydooo

I have just applied for Kurdish course for speakers of Turkish. I am fluent in Kurmancî, Turkish and English. I hope for the best. Serkeftin ji niha de:)

June 19, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/berevaji

Hey everyone, any developments on this front? I applied for Kurmanji Kurdish for Turkish speakers on the incubator without knowing that this discussion exists. It has been 3 years since this was posted first and as far as I know still there isn't a course for any of the Kurdish dialects. This is a real shame. How can on a platform which even fictional languages are taught, the language of a people at least 30 million strong can be absent? As for the which dialect should be taught for which language's speakers; I'm all for a Kurmanji course for Turkish speakers because of obvious reasons discussed here previously. But I can summarize with one word: Demand. Kurmanji is the most spoken dialect and may be the most unspoken dialect as a mother tongue. It is spoken in all the Kurdish populated countries of middle east. And has been suppressed in one way or another in all of them, like the other dialects. And especially in Turkey it was officially (and/or practically) banned for some time. Because of that and other reasons; such as not having the means to learn it people can't speak their own language. This situation peaks in Turkey. I'm sure there are at least several millions of Kurds who are fluent speakers of Turkish and want to learn Kurmanji, their mother tongue. That's why we should "begin" with Kurmanji for Turkish speakers, to increase the interest for online Kurdish learning. After that we should continue with all the dialects; after Kurmanji, by picking up Sorani next imho. Or building them both together if it is possible and if there are enough people ready to contribute, who knows. I'm ready for doing this and contributing in any ways. By starting the course, managing it, adding content etc. all the ways possible. And I know a considerable number of people who will gladly join the Kurmanji project; multiple professionals and lots of fluent polyglots like me. If you're interested in doing this and have ideas on "how to" of it, contact me on: kurdipeyiv@gmail.com and let's get this going!

November 10, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Shivano6

I really hope this gets something start rolling. Duolingo is the best platform for language learning. I'd love to see kurdish here. U have my support on this brother. Am happy to see this topic being revived just as I was looking for it. Can offer my help if needed too.

November 10, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Soroush94

I wish I had full proficiency on Kurmanji so that I could be able to help. Anyway, a Kurdish course here would be really appreciated regardless of the dialect.

July 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ItsDanielThough

I agree that any Kurdish dialect would be good, but I can actually help with Kurmancî and it has the most speakers, so that's why I proposed it. Any other dialect that gets put up, I will be very happy, of course. :)

July 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Soroush94

bali havale min te ras gut ;)

July 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VWieVendetta

I would absolutely love to learn Kurdish! I think it would help to make some posts explaining the current/historical situation in Kurdistan, that would gather a lot more support. I know tumblr has a fairly large Kurdish/English community, you could also try recruiting ppl from there!

July 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ItsDanielThough

I know a tremendous number of academically-inclined Kurds. I'm going to post asking for assistance. How would we get the ball rolling if we got some volunteers for this? (I am volunteering my services as well, of course).

July 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/VWieVendetta

I think if the post is informative/succinct enough it'll gain traction fairly easily. Could even ask some of the more popular Kurdish blogs to spread it, their followers might be able to. I don't know a lot of details for the actual selection process, but I'm confident popularity/availability of translators would be a big plus. And if it's a situation the duolingo community becomes informed about that might also help, I'm sure you could make a case that the society people in places like Rojava are trying to build is one which is similar in nature to Duolingo's vision. And Kurdistan is starting to (and will likely continue to) get some international spotlight recently, I know duo's timed things like that before (like Ukrainian)

July 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DeeBee699577

Me too, I just googled if there is a duolingo Kurdish course because I really want one! Do it! yes, it would be awesome to have a Kurdish course for English speakers after the one for Turkish speakers. Thank you in advance!!! You're awesome!

January 26, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Brwayaseen

As a native Kurdish speaker, I'm absolutely happy to see there's an effort on Duo for a Kurdish course to be added. I have been thinking for quite some time about making this available on the website. I'm eagerly ready to contribute to a Kurdish course for English speakers.

However, I will be of more help if the course should be for learning Sorani Kurdish not Kurmanci. If Duo moderators and decision makers should read this comment and give us the chance to start working on a Sorani Kurdish course, I will go out of my way to finish it in least possible time. I'm a native Kurdish speaker and I am doing my MA in English language and linguistics. It's been over a year that I'm using Duo, so I'm not a beginner anymore!

I can also ask a number of my friends with relevant specialty and knowledge to join in developing the course content if approved.

I hope we will see a positive response as soon as possible.

May 31, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AimingWinehouse

Please ;_; I'd love to learn Kurmancî!

June 15, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/xRozerin

It would be great to have a Kurdish course! I have been wanting to learn that language since I was little

July 15, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/cerenikaa

Still no progress?? What else we can do to make this happen?

October 31, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HzrKurdistani

I have proposed an English course for Sorani Kurdish Speakers for a while. There is still no reply from Duo team. I think they are being very subjective on which languages should be worked on.

February 6, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Jakub998745

Thank you very much. I would be very interested in Sorani Kurdish course for English Speakers. Best regards from Erbil.

June 3, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/xRozerin

I have tried to find a way to contact Duolingo, but there isn’t a specific way to contact them about those kinds of topics. So i went and “reported a bug”. In the comment section of the report I told them about how disappointed I was that a platform as big as Duolingo contains courses fot fictive languages but not for a language that is spoken by millions of people. I have also referred to them about this forum discussion, how it has been open for 3 years, how people have offered to help set up a kurdisch course and how there is still no action taken from Duolingo’s side. I hope this way they will finally recognise that the demand for a kurdisch course is quite big.

November 20, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/berevaji

Hello Rozerin! Thanks a lot for trying your best to make this course real. I'm also working on this. I have some ideas to increase the interest toward this. I just need one step forward from Duolingo saying they have a Kurdish course on their mind.

November 20, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Rewjeo
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How exactly Duolingo decides which languages to add is a little subjective on their part - we've got Spanish, Esperanto, Irish, and Klingon, after all - so we can't know exactly when it would be added. However, provided there is space in the Incubator and enough qualified contributors, I think Kurdish has a pretty good shot at coming some time soon. I'd certainly love to see it. You can apply here: http://incubator.duolingo.com/apply

Out of curiosity, how different are the different kinds of Kurdish? Are they just dialect differences (like how we have American, not European, Spanish here) or are they different enough to be considered totally different languages?

July 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ItsDanielThough

Answering that question is kind of a minefield, the differences are greater than the differences between the larger English dialects, but probably not greater than German dialect differences? Regardless, for orthographic reasons alone, it makes sense to separate them for the purposes of Duolingo.

July 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mangakoibito

True if there are large scale spelling/writing/vocabulary differences it would be best to just choose a language center to base it off of like how the Dutch course is clearly marked Netherlands Dutch in an attempt to head off the Flemish based differences

July 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HzrKurdistani

There are two main dialects which are Kurmanji and Sorani. Sorani is mostly spoken in Iran and Iraq while Kurmanji is spread across Turkey and Syria. Kurmanji uses Latin alphabet while Sorani is written in Arabic alphabet.

February 6, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HevarAbrih

I'm willing to help you out Heval!

January 17, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jieun24096

I love Kurdish, my friend is a native speaker, I would definitely get her to sign up and help :) Kurdish is beautiful

December 15, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/amaralanguages

I'm Kurdish but can't speak it unfortunately and I'd love to. `i'd love to have a kurmanji course on Duolingo.

April 22, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JasonR-1

I can't believe it's been three years since we have tried to promote the idea of a Kurdish course on Duolingo (see the discussion I started below) and as far as I know, there's been no movement, not a single response that I've seen or heard of (please correct me if I'm wrong). https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/11286634

November 20, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rojanu

I can't believe that this post didn't even get a single response from Duolingo in 3 years, date I ask, are there any political motivation. It doesn't help that requirements for a languages team to meet are not published either. What do we need to do, how do we get more traction?

November 20, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/berevaji

Hey. I agree that it is unacceptable that they haven't even bothered to let us know that they're checking these forums out. For getting more traction I have some ideas, if you'd be interested in contributing to such a course you can contact me on kurdipeyiv@gmail.com

November 20, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/berevaji

Hi Jason thank you for trying to revive this discussion!

November 20, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AnjaliDevi5

KurmanjiFromEnglish

January 27, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/karasis65

So.. I am volunteer to do Kurdish lessons for English, German and Turkish languages. I am quite competent at this four languages and I have full motivation to do it. Since Kurdish is bit hard to work on it due to lack of resources I will also get professional help from a Kurdish lecturer.

This language is in need of immediate attention and Duolingo is a perfect platform that can help about that.

April 21, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AlexinNotTurkey

I am one of the Turkish Moderators and fully endorse this idea! I have a few friends who are bilingual in Turkish and Kurdish but few who know both Kurdish and English. I can mention things their way, and I hope they could help. Yardımcı olabilirsem bana haber verin. Kürtçe öğrenmeyi çok istiyorum ki :)

July 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MaeeSafaee

Ben de Kürtçe öğrenmek çok istiyorum! :P

July 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ItsDanielThough

Hûn bi rastî dixwazin Kurdî hîn bin? :B Gerçekten Kürtçe öğrenmek istiyor musunuz? :B

July 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MaeeSafaee

Evet! Bence Kürtçe çooooooook güzel bir dil! :D

July 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AlexinNotTurkey

Tabii tabii...3 ay önce Diyarbakır'a gittim, Kürtçe konuşan bir aileyle kaldım. O zamandan beri hep Kürtler ve Kürdistan hakkında düşünüyorum :D

July 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Luscinda

I think it would be as relevant to Arabic and English speakers as to Turkish speakers.

July 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ItsDanielThough

Kurmancî Kurdish is certainly not. I say this from experience with teaching (non-Turkish) Arabs Kurmancî Kurdish, they all immediately complain that every Kurd they meet speaks Soranî (unless they go to Turkey, where they want to learn Turkish first).

July 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/fr224

They could also do Soranî Kurdish (Southern Kurdish) for Arabic, Persian, and English speakers. Kurmancî is pretty spoken exclusively in Turkey, while Soranî is the one spoken in Iran and Iraq.

July 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Heidar_

This is not true actually. Sorani (central kurdish) is spoken by around half+ of the kurds in Iran (majority of the other half speak southern kurdish/my dialect, rest are Hawrami, Kurmanji (in Urmiye, Khorasan) & other smaller dialects). And Sorani is also spoken by around half+ of kurds in Iraq (rest are southern kurdish/feyli and Bahdini/kurmanji + other smaller dialect).

Kurmanji (northern kurdish) on the other hand is the only dialect natively spoken in all parts, Iran, Iraq, Syria and Turkey (+ by kurdish speakers in Armenia, Russia & the few remaining non-assimilated kurds in Azerbaijan). It is the biggest dialect of the Kurdish language.

I think Sorani for English speakers would be very useful, as many foreigners are going to KRG for business or diplomatic reasons.

Kurmanji for turkish speakers on the other hand should have higher priority than for english speakers, as a century of forced assimilation policies in Turkey is threatening the existence of the language. There are millions of young kurds in Turkey that are hungry for something like Duolingo to help improve their own mothertongue, as the state is cracking down on it.

February 8, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/IsakNygren1

Why not? Kurdish is a beautiful language. I could give it a try, if it was here on Duolingo.

May 9, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Liam_1948

Yes please. Kurmanji Kurdish would be awesome.

June 26, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ItsDanielThough

I am adding this comment in the hope of getting moderators attention. I can help put together Kurmanji Kurdish lessons for Turkish OR Kurdish speakers, as I speak and have taught all three.

July 15, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PJ_Rey

Uhm, can it be Sorani Kurdish instead? I heard it is what is commonly used Kurdish language in Iraq Kurdistan and in Kurdistan Province in Iran. That is what I want and need to learn.

July 31, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ItsDanielThough

We should definitely have both. We need volunteers to build an English to Sorani and Arabic to Sorani course and volunteers to build an English to Kurmanji and Turkish to Kurmanji ASAP, and perhaps others soon. Again if anyone has any information on how to go about building a course or if there are other volunteers for Turkish or English to Kurmanji, I personally would contribute to this.

July 31, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/HzrKurdistani

I have proposed a English course for Sorani Kurdish Speakers.

February 6, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SuysalS

It is a big necessarity to have courses of Kurdish on Duo. As I know Kurdish is an endangered language because education is not fully permitted in some countries that Kurds live. But i am still hopeful after I saw these volunteers.

August 18, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CiggyTesla

Would love to learn Kurmanci with Duo!

April 4, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/RnasXendek

Silav. Li dewletên wek Tirkiye, Iraq, Îran û Suriyê û li dinyayê nêzîkî 40 mîlyon kurd he ne. Kurdî zimanekî hind-ewropî ye, ango di koma farisî, belûcî, ingilîzî, frensî de ye. Zimanekî têra xwe dewlemend û zengîn e. Lê ji ber ku dewleta Kurdan Kurdistan îro di nav van dewletan de hatiye belavkirin û ne serbixwe ye derfetên wê hindik in. Lêbelê daxwazeka zêde di warê hînbûna kurdî de heye. Ji ber wê îro facebook.com, google translate kurdî xizmetê dike. Sazîya we jî di ware zimanên dinyayê de xebatên pir baş dike. Heke ev daxwaza me pêk bê ji bo kurdî jî wê pir baş be û gelek kes wê tenê ji bo vê bên nav malbata duolingo'yê. Ji ber vê ez û hevalên xwe amade ne di vî warî de bixebitin. Komeka me ya xebatê heye, heta niha me ferhengên kurdî yên online, malperên kurdî wek: tirsik.net, hertist.com û hwd. çêkiriye. Heke hûn jî qebûl bikin em ê ji bo beşa kurdî ya duolingo'yê alîkarîya we bikin û birêve bibin. Spas.

April 22, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Heidar_

Silav hevala hêja. Belê zimanê kurdî pir şîrîn e û ez jî daxwaz im duolingo bi zaravaya şîrînê kurmancî û soranî. Lê mixabin zaravaya kurmancî yan soranî zaravaya min nî ye, ez kurda feylî/kelhûrî me. Loma ez tenê kurmancî û soranî fam dikim, ne dipeyvim û nikarim alîkariyê bikim. Lê ez hêvîdarim ki hevalên kurmancî û soranîya min beşdarî bikin.

Bibore, kurmancîya min pir xirab e.

February 8, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FrlHartmann

I am German, but I'd love to learn Kurmancî on duolingo, since its especially hard to learn it anywhere else. I'd love a course for English speakers, because I think that way more people (like myself) can participate in contrast to a Kurmancî course for Turkish speakers.

May 17, 2017

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    I would love to learn Kurdish, let's get it going.

    July 30, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lophophanes

    Are there any news on a possible course? The referendum in Iraq might lead to a first kurdish state - one more reason to include it in duolingo.

    October 5, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mohammedkurdi

    There is no Kurdish state so Kurdish language is neglected , even by Kurds. So it is so important to take actions to revive our language.

    October 30, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/rjhlt

    Any news on this? I know it has been a while but I believe we can proceed with this. Although I am not super fluent in Kurmanji, I can help in any way possible.

    December 9, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ShannonKea10

    Please bring a Kurmanci course in Turkish and English <3 I am an American learning Kurdish from Turkey. This language needs to be recognized and preserved and such online platforms such as duolingo are effective ways of pursuing such a goal. By creating a Kurdish course it adds legitimacy to a language that has been repressed for so long and told that it isn't a "real" language.

    June 18, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/karasis65

    I also would like to contribute for this!

    January 7, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/BornNHawaii

    I'm VERY interested in Kurdish for English speakers!

    March 14, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/zemira22

    I'm English, half turkish (on my fathers side) I'm new to this site and learning turkish but I'd love to be able to learn kurdish here since my grandfather was kurdish! Personally I want them to make lessons of it for english speakers since I'm bad/new at turkish. Really really hope they make it for both though. Get on it Duo!

    April 16, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/iksFelix

    Any updates? Still no Kurdish in the incubator.

    May 17, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/syc200123

    Greetings!

    My name is Veronika and I’m a Project Assistant at Appen, a listed international language technology solutions and consulting firm in Australia (ASX:APX)

    We are initiating a Kurmanji project for the purpose of improving user experience with our language system and to preserve the language through digital storage.

    We are currently looking for native Kurmanji speakers to work on a prompt disambiguation task of the language, the first stage of the project.

    This is an easy project. The work involves categorising prompts into different categories according to the guideline given.

    Here are some key requirements: • You will need have a computer installed with Chrome browser. • You must be a native speaker of the language. • Capable of following instruction materials written in English and communicate in English • You will need to have an availability of 20 hours per week for 5-10 weeks (optional). If you or someone you know meet the requirements and are interested in contributing to this project, please do let me know.

    This is a paid opportunity. You will need to have either PayPal or Skrill to receive payment from us. We will get in touch shortly after we receive the expression of interest. Should you have any questions, please let me know.

    Regards, -- Veronika Proskova Project Assistant | Language Resources p. +61 2 9468 6300 | vproskova@appen.com Appen | http://www.appen.com Level 6, 9 Help St Chatswood NSW 2067 Australia

    October 13, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MaysamSeraji

    Hi! I am new to duolingo, native English/Persian speaker but very interested in learning Kurmanji. Please let me know how I can help!!

    March 9, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/civcivcik666

    is there any developer currently?

    April 16, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SerdarStr

    Hi, I am really keen and almost desperate to learn Kurdish, the kurmanji dialect preferably. It's my mother language but I am ashamed not being able to speak it. I understand quiet a lot but not enough to speak with ease.

    I will definitely attend a kurmanji class... Does anyone have any knowledge regarding the status of when such a course will be available?

    How many contributors have assigned to develop the course and how big of a chance is there for the course to be provided.

    It seem like there is an sufficient number of people who does want to learn? Is there anyway to "lobby" so that the course can be developed?

    June 30, 2017

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/NoNameNoFace

    It is a language in danger of dying so it should help.

    June 8, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/seda783565

    I speak sorani and a little bit kurmanji i would like to help as much as i can . a course in sorani- English kurmanji - english would be great !

    June 11, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ShilanTurg

    we need to stat kurmaci and sorani lessons

    July 13, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GizemAkild

    I have been looking for a way to learn Kurmanci in the United States for so long now, but it's just not popular enough to be offered as a class in universities. It's really important to me to learn Kurmanci whether it's geared toward English or Turkish speakers because this is the only place where I could really learn it, especially since it wasn't passed down from my grandparents :(

    September 18, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DilviN637

    I will gladly teach you! I am Kurdish of Syria.

    September 18, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Zia177448

    Look at all the interested comments and the low number of overall votes. :( Duolingo should either disable downvoting for these language poll discussions or count the lingots given instead.

    April 12, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/zsIdoS

    v keen for sorani kurdish course please

    July 4, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Cumali366500

    I would also like to see DuoLingo provide Kurdish lessons. Preferably from English as it is a Indo-European language, which should make it easy to learn.

    August 15, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Adaletmetta

    No news? Its a tragedy. Up to 40 million people speak kurdish worldwide.

    August 26, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/karasis65

    I know right? Kurdish or riot!!!

    August 26, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AmalCookie

    I totally agree! I don't speak a lot of Kurdish but my dad and his parents did and I only know a bit. I would like to have the language to help me improve :)

    September 10, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Dali254319

    We need this course as soon as possible

    September 12, 2019

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AnCatDubh

    Upvoted.

    PESHMERGA F YEAH

    July 5, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TomFootb

    Peshmerga are Iraqi Kurds. Kurmanci Kurdish is Turkish/Syrian/very northen-Iraq Kurdish.. It's sad to see that the Kurds are tearing apart. Iraqi Kurds have a good relation with the Turks for example. :/

    July 16, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AnCatDubh

    They’re fighting ISIS with all they got. Turkey is awful what with the way it treats Kurds and denies the Armenian and Assyrian holocausts but it’s stifling out its democracy, but ISIS is rock bottom. You can’t get any lower than that.

    July 16, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TomFootb

    You don't get my point. This topic is about (Kurmancî) Kurdish, the Northen version. The Peshmerga speak Sorani Kurdish, the middle dialect/language.

    So the Peshmerga's have very little to do with the Kurmanci Kudish which is the subject of this topic. In fact Iraqi Kurds/Peshmerga have quite good relations with the Turkish regime. So the Kurds have some inner tensions at the moment.

    More info: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UFbUp8916_o

    I'm Flemish (native Southern Dutch speaker), so quite neutral.

    July 16, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Tintin_73

    I thought the Peshmerga were in Syria as well as Iraq. I believe they speak Kurmancî in Syria as well. About factions I think that Turkey and Iran each have Kurdish factions in Iraq favorable to their interests.

    July 16, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TomFootb

    Peshmerga is the army of Iraqi Kurdistan. The factions in Syria are mostly YPG.

    July 17, 2016

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/syc200123

    Hi guys and sorry if this is not relevant.

    I'm working for a language IT consulting company called Appen in Australia. We are currently running Kurmanji project to improve the current language systems (voice recognition, keyboard etc.) used on some PC and mobile devices for the language and we're searching for Kurmanji speakers to help with the creation of a wordlist. We found it extremely difficult to find these speakers so it would be very helpful if someone could spread the words and let people know about this project, I am sure someone could find it interesting.

    Here is the link to apply in case you are interested: https://goo.gl/XbJQIB.

    Many thanks for your help!

    Cheers, Veronika

    October 13, 2016

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    Greetings!

    My name is Veronika and I’m a Project Assistant at Appen, a listed international language technology solutions and consulting firm in Australia (ASX:APX)

    We are initiating a Kurmanji project for the purpose of improving user experience with our language system and to preserve the language through digital storage.

    We are currently looking for native Kurmanji speakers to work on a prompt disambiguation task of the language, the first stage of the project.

    This is an easy project. The work involves categorising prompts into different categories according to the guideline given.

    Here are some key requirements: • You will need have a computer installed with Chrome browser. • You must be a native speaker of the language. • Capable of following instruction materials written in English and communicate in English • You will need to have an availability of 20 hours per week for 5-10 weeks (optional). If you or someone you know meet the requirements and are interested in contributing to this project, please do let me know.

    This is a paid opportunity. You will need to have either PayPal or Skrill to receive payment from us. We will get in touch shortly after we receive the expression of interest. Should you have any questions, please let me know.

    Regards, -- Veronika Proskova Project Assistant | Language Resources p. +61 2 9468 6300 | vproskova@appen.com Appen | http://www.appen.com Level 6, 9 Help St Chatswood NSW 2067 Australia

    October 13, 2016

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    Kurdish language is unnecesarry. Stop being such a SJW.

    February 25, 2018

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    I think, you must be a fascist.

    February 25, 2018

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    What gives you the right to decide a language as a unnecessary . Go spread your hate somewhere else.

    January 7, 2019

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